Tips to help keep gums healthy

You can make a real difference in your gum health

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    Get the scaling and root planing (SRP) or other gum treatments your dental professional recommends

    Don’t put off treatment; the goal is to keep the bacterial infection from progressing.
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    Practice good routine care

    • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
    • Floss every day
    • Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months; sooner if the bristles start to fray
    • Consider products like these:
      • Fluoride toothpaste with the American Dental Association seal
      • Toothbrush with soft bristles (firmer bristles can wear away enamel and damage gums)
      • Electric toothbrush (people with mobility issues may find this easier to use)
      • Dental floss holders (plastic devices that hold a short length of floss)
      • Interdental brushes (these brushes are designed to clean between your teeth in areas where a toothbrush can’t reach)
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    Drink water

    Fluoridated tap water or bottled water helps prevent tooth decay.
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    Don’t smoke

    If you’re a smoker, consider quitting. Smoking can increase the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.